Governor Brian P. Kemp signed two executive orders on November 30, extending Georgia’s Public Health State of Emergency until January 8, 2021, and extending current COVID-19 restrictions.

This is the ninth time Kemp has extended both executive orders which take effect on December 1.

In the Renewal of Public Health State of Emergency executive order, Kemp made changes that allow nurses and pharmacists to administer the pending COVID-19 vaccine, including in a drive-thru setting, and permits any nurse or pharmacist to observe patients for the requisite 15-minute window after receiving the vaccine.

Meanwhile, in the capital, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the expansion of City of Atlanta COVID-19 Housing Emergency Assistance Program housing assistance available to Atlanta residents who have been impacted by COVID-19.

In addition to rent, utility and security deposit assistance, the City will now offer mortgage relief. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure their application is approved by the federally mandated deadline of December 30, 2020.

Eligibility requirements have been amended and eligible households may now receive up to $5,000 of assistance. Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify:

  • provide proof of COVID-19 impact on finances
  • live within Incorporated city limits of Atlanta
  • meet household income guidelines
  • provide valid ID
  • provide proof of rent, mortgage and/or utility bills

Prior applicants are encouraged to reapply for assistance. To apply or receive additional information visit or dial 211 or text C19-ERA (inside Atlanta City limits).

(Photo: John Bazemore/Associated Press)

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